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Originally, the idea was to do it so that Dee would stop talking about babies or doing any sort of baby thing, and essentially just move on.
Are you guys going to make it out of Philly this year? But, I promise you that we worked very, very hard to create an episode where the characters go to the Jersey Shore, and it is not an episode about the people from The Jersey Shore.
Yeah, it will be a refreshing, different look at it. We wanted to put our spin on it. So, why has Rob McElhenney put on so much weight for this season? Rob McElhenney has intentionally gained 50 pounds for this season. I live with it. We share the same kitchen and bed. When David was created, you had to first get a slab of marble, and then you chisel it down. I was eating 5, calories a day, which is a lot. Every day, I drink a huge shake with Weight Gainer and ice cream, and I eat donuts.
We send him a lot of cake. What was the reason for this? I was watching a very popular sitcom and noticing about how the characters were getting better looking, as the seasons progressed.
And, I have never seen a sitcom in which the actors progressively got worse looking, which is, I think, truer to life, especially the lives that these characters lead. I thought that would be an interesting experiment, and it seems to be working out. When Rob first moved out to L. Now, he weighs He proved me wrong. It will be interesting to see if he can return from the abyss.
He thinks it will drop off. The first 20 pounds will. When does the experiment stop? What are you going to miss most? Just the gluttony of not having to think about it, and eating whatever I want.
Not to mention the longer beard and the hair, and the whole thing. If you could insert yourself into another FX show, which one would it be and what mayhem would you bring? I think Vic Mackey coming into our bar and cracking skulls would be pretty interesting.
Are the Jackass guys coming in and doing an episode this season? We had to push that episode, unfortunately. They were actually fine. It was the episode itself that got a little too expensive and we were over-reaching a little bit. What did you learn from doing more serialized storytelling last season, and will that carry over to this season at all? We did that when we brought Danny onto the show. In Season 2, we were forced to do that as well. It was never something that we wanted to do, particularly, but introducing his character forced us to do it, and I think it was actually a lot of fun.
Doing what we normally do, which is each individual episode being its own thing, is challenging, in a different way, because you have very little time to wrap everything up. I like both styles of storytelling. We definitely talked about whether or not we wanted to even do that.
We went over a number of different things, and then eventually we decided that would be a challenge that would actually be more fun, to have her be pregnant. What are some of the themes of this season? And, it also says nothing, too. We had an idea for Frank deciding that he wanted to lock this one whore down, so he would continue to pay her, but marry her. But, if Pretty Woman was real, what would really happen in that situation?
We have an episode about a child beauty pageant, thrown at the bar. The biggest challenge for that episode — and it took us a long time to lock into how we would do it — was figuring out why and how these characters end up throwing a pageant. So, we had to come up with something. And, we get kids because the kind of parents that put their children in these situations usually [are willing to do that]. Season 2 was a challenge. The challenge is not coming up with concepts or ideas for what these characters can get into.
The challenge is always building a good story around it and grounding it, in its own way. Obviously, the universe that these characters live in is a little bit heightened. So, coming up with a child pageant is one thing. Figuring out how to get into it and what it has to do with the world, so that it feels like its relevant, as opposed to just a joke, [is another]. I just mean that there are a lot of things to make fun of.
Structuring it and making it really work, as an episode, is the toughest part. What cameos do you have on tap for this year? Jason Sudeikis is back, for just a quick thing.
The Kings of Leon make a brief appearance. They had that whole thing with Glee, where they were asking to use one of their songs. Lance Reddick is going to be on the show, in the same episode that Polito is in. We have a surprise one, to announce later this season. At this point in the run of the series, does FX let you do what you want?
They trust us, a lot more. And, they still give us great ideas, too. Do you see the show coming back for a Season 8 and 9? What do you guys look for in movie roles? A beginning, middle and end. The characters have to want something.
Characters have to have some credibility and something that they actually need. With things getting darker this season, do you guys get more empty and depraved, or do you warm up a little bit?
These characters are always going back and forth between just having absolutely no hearts and having a ton of heart, but just in a bizarre way. These characters do love each other, in their weird, sick way.